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Explore Matera and Sample the Flavors of Salento Tour

Via Alessandro Manzoni, 34, 73032 Andrano LE, Italy

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10 days (approx.) - English

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Explore the Charming town of Matera, European capital of Culture 2019 and discover the authentic taste of Salento, Apulia, in a multiday private tour ,enriched by cultural tours and several gastronomic experiences.

Highlights
  • Discover Matera and Taste of Salento private Tour
  • Visit to the mill where Emilio explain all the procedure and oil tasting
  • Visit of Castro, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli, Lecce, Alberobello, Ostuni
  • Gastronomic Tour with visit to Maglie, wine tasting in a historic cellar and cooking class
  • Visit of Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019 with local guide and food tasting
Description

Discover Matera and Taste of Salento private Tour

In Salento every season has a peculiarity and this is one of the reasons why it’s so suggestive;In the winter and autumn season there is the oil’s collection, in the summer you are surrounded a wonderful sea, during all the year you can visit the Baroque Art Cities.

Experience your stay in a typical farmhouse, called “ Masseria” located in Salento,in the south region of Apulia.

The Masseria we are offering you  is an estate of 11 hectares of olive trees located in Castiglione 3km from the sea (Adriatic). It is a family owned hotel specifically (bed and breakfast), which is also dedicated to the production of biological oil. 

The philosophy behind the experience offered below, is to return to the past, to live a different holiday in a peaceful and healthy environment. At the Masseria  you will find an organic garden, organic produce oil and cooking classes with typical products of the earth. 

Thanks to the experience and knowledge of the territory, we have selected for your  the best accommodation facilities in Matera, located in “ the Sassi “  and the best restaurants where you can taste the specialties of this land and explore with a local guide the unique charme of the city.

Itinerary


Day 1 – Brindisi

Arrival at the Airport (transfer) we will pick up you and take you to the farmhouse .Check in and show around the property. After a small break we make a tour of the farmhouse and an explanation of how do the oil (at that time may not see as is hara because the season is from October to January) visit to the mill where Emilio explain all the procedure (we use the traditional procedure) and oil tasting.Dinner at the farmhouse with typical food from Salento ,such as biological vegetables directly collected from the farmhouse. (also with the help of customers)

Day 2 – Castro, Santa Maria di Leuca

Breakfast, departure  tour of the Adriatic coast with stops at the Acquaviva marina, Marina serra before headint to visit of the historic center of Castro.Free time in Castro to eat something at one of the numerous local restaurants. In the afternoon tour to Santa Maria di Leuca with stop at Ciolo bridge ,the town is the eastest town of Italy, return to the farmhouse. Time at leisure.

Dinner based on fish dishes typically cooked in a traditional way.

Day 3 – Gallipoli, Lecce 

Breakfast. Excursion along the Ionian coast and visit of Gallipoli. Gallipoli is a coastal town in Apulia, southern Italy. The historic center, on an island off the mainland, shelters churches like St. Agatha’s Cathedral, with its ornate facade. Nearby, the Church of St. Mary of Purity has a maiolica tiled floor. Gallipoli Castle includes the Rivellino tower, standing apart from the main building. Across the bridge, on the mainland,lies a wonderful   Greek Fountain, dating from the Renaissance. 

Free time for try some local food  and return to the farm to rest. In the afternoon visit of Lecce, the pearl of the Baroque, with a professional guide and dinner in a typical Neapolitan pizzeria to try the real Italian pizza.

Day 4 – Alberobello, Ostuni 

Breakfast .Departure to the Valle d’ Itria, and Visit of the charming town of Alberobello (with a professional guide)a unique town with traditional white houses called ” Trulli”. The city is   listed as Unesco World Heritage Site, for the uniqueness of the landscape, and of the historic buildings that once served as storage and housing for the local population. Free time for shopping.and Pick nick lunch. In the afternoon departure to Ostuni, a popular summer resort town, with a beautiful city center and called also the White City for the colour of its buildings. guided tour of the town. 

 Return to the farmhouse. Dinner

Day 5 – Maglie, Gastronomic Tour 

Breakfast. The whole day is dedicated to local gastronomy and  discovery of local products, to the processing and production of typical local dishes.Firsti stop is to Maglie and  at the most important agro-food artisan workshops in the area, including a pasta factory, a mozzarella cheese factory where to try the famous ” Burrata ” and a chocolate workshop. Free time at Maglie. In the afternoon wine tasting in a historic cellar in the area, return to the farm and Cooking class with chef Emilio, explication and preparation of typical “home made pasta salentina” and Italian fresh pasta). Dinner at the farmhouse with what you made during the class .Overnight

Day 6 – Otranto, Porto Badisco,Zinzulusa cave  

After Breakfast. We depart for a tour of the Adriatic coast with stop in Otranto, home to the 15th-century Aragonese Castle and 11th-century Otranto Cathedral, with a rose window and ornate mosaic flooring. At the harbor, Torre Matta tower enjoy sweeping sea views followed by a  visit of the city, free time to eat , short stops also at the bay of Orte,before hading towards the small fisherman’s villages of  Porto Badisco and Porto Miggiano followed by a visit of the Zinzulusa Cave (prehistoric cave on the sea) return to the farmhouse and farewell dinner . Overnight.

Day 7 – Salento, Matera 

Breakfast.After the cultural and culinary experience in Salento, you will now visit the splendid city of Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019 .Pick up from the farmhouse and Transfer to Matera. Arrival in Matera and check in at the Hotel.

At 4:30 pm, meeting with our local guide Mr. Cosimo and departure for a scenic walking tour around Sassi Area including the visit to a Cave House, Hypogeum water collector and other sites. At the end of the tour, local wine and food tasting of of local Materani products of the highest quality in an exclusive and totally private location. Overnight

Day 8 – Matera 

Breakfast. Morning at leisure . In the afternoon meeting with our local guide Mr. Cosimo at the Hotel’s lobby and departure around 4-:30 pm, for a tour of the Murgia Muterana Park crossing a tibetan bridge over the Matera Canyon.(in case of impediments, we will organize the transfer to the Murgia Materana by private car) The tour will explore some of the most scenic parts of the Murgia Materana a 10.000 Hct area of natural park surrounding the city of Matera. Visit of a Rupestrian Church. Return to the Hotel. Time at leisure .Dinner and Overnight

Day 9 – Matera 

Breakfast. Morning at leisure to explore Matera by your own or to buy some souvenir .Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight

Day 10 – Departure 

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Time to say goodbye to your new friends. Transfer to Bari Airport on request

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What’s Included : 

  • 6 nights accommodation in double room at a traditional farmhouse called ” Masseria ” 

  • 3 overnights in centrally located 4* Hotel in Matera – Sassi Area 

  • Guided Tour of Ostuni 

  • Guided tour of Lecce 

  • Guided tour of Alberobello 

  • Guided tour of Otranto

  • Guided tour in Matera Sassi Area and Park Murgia Materana

  • English speaking driver and guide where necessary 

  • 9 breakfasts and 6 dinners at the farmhouse with typical dishes of Salento and biological products 

  • 2 dinners in Matera at local restaurants 

  • 1 wine tasting, 1 local food tasting 

  • 1 olive oil tasting ,Cheese and Chocolate tasting 

  • 1 Pick nick lunch during the sightseeing in Alberobello

  • 1 cooking class  

  • 1 glass of wine at dinners

  • Private Transfer on arrival at Brindisi Airport 

  • Private transfer from Salento ( Lecce province) to Matera 

  • Transfer in private vehicle during the whole tour and excursions 

  • Gift from the owner

Not Included : 

International flights 

Travel insurance 

all what not mentioned under “what’s included”

Alholic beverages at dinner expect 1 glass of wine per person

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Notes: 

The tour is only for individuals or small groups, never more than 4 people for each date.

Airport pick up and drop off at Bari Airport available on request at an extra charge.

Possibility to extend the tour with pre and post night.

Starting Location
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 34, 73032 Andrano LE, Italy.
Itineraries are subject to change.
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